Center for Innovative Instruction:
Teaching Strategies

Teaching Strategies

Teaching in today's classroom provides new challenges for both the seasoned professor and the new instructor. Visit the resources on this page to find ideas created and used by Harper College faculty and other college faculty from across the nation.

Discover course materials already developed by faculty from across the nation and beyond that you can use free of charge in your own courses! Search by topic or discipline for learning materials, exercises and guest experts.

Provide the opportunity for your students to apply what they have learned as they interact with pre-created scenarios in mathematics and the sciences.

Link to pertinent streaming videos for multiple disciplines, provided courtesy of the Harper College Library and CII

Start a subscription to Faculty Focus, a free e-newsletter that delivers innovative strategies, best practices and fresh perspectives on what works and what doesn't when it comes to teaching, learning and leading. Find articles, special reports and more, all in one place and all for you.

Visit and bookmark the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Portal, a free Website that includes information specifically related to teaching, learning and technology issues divided into the following categories:

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View a new streamed video each month on topics directly related to you and your classroom, or visit the archives to view previously distributed video topics as well. This site is provided courtesy of STARLINK and Harper College Faculty Development. Please contact Lauren Salotti (847.925.6119) or Matt Ensenberger (847.925.6933) for the password required for access.

Find quick teaching tips you can put to use immediately in your classroom. View these three-to-seven minute videos provided courtesy of STARLINK and Harper College Faculty Development. Please contact Lauren Salotti (847.925.6119 or Matt Ensenberger (847.925.6933) for the password required for access.

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Locate additional strategies that can help you:

  • better understand your classroom learners
  • design your course site for optimal student use
  • discover new strategies to engage your students
  • deal with teaching challenges such as cheating/plagiarism, accessibility, classroom management and more
  • develop assessments using CATs, tests, rubrics and portfolios


Review the ProfHacker pedagogy blog from the Chronicle of Higher Education for tips, tutorials and commentary on pedagogy, productivity and technology. Faculty serve as initial contributors and participants share additional thoughts on topics that range from general pedagogical discussions to specific classroom activities and tools.

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Visit the University of Minnesota's Center for Teaching and Learning Online Workshops and Tutorials for anywhere, anytime access to complete units on topics such as:

  • Active Learning with PowerPoint
  • Designing Smart Lectures
  • Helping Students Research Electronically
  • Making Active Learning Work
  • Managing Classroom Conflict
  • Syllabus Development
  • Learning Through Group Assessments
  • Internationalizing by Design

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View the entire library of 20-Minute Mentor videos, available now through your MyHarper, Student Information System (SIS) Portal. Once you are in the SIS you can access the videos by going to the "My Students" tab, and follow the instructions found in our Center for Innovative Instruction channel.

Areas of Interest

  • Assessment and Learning Goals
  • Classroom Management
  • Legal Concerns
  • Physical, Mental and Emotional Concerns
  • Service Learning
  • Student Engagement
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Teaching Online